Work does exert a profound influence on us"" and ""sociologically defined"" it seems to be a matter of group interaction and ""what a person does to survive."" As Durkheim noted, there exists a division of labor, which means differing skills, cooperation, position, and purpose. In the U.S. labor force, workers are growing older and sprouting whiter collars and performing more service occupations. Now, the discipline of ""occupational sociology"" involves the history of occupation, social organization, colleagueship and licensing. There seems to be a trend toward professionalization, which might be good or bad. As far as work's effects on self-image, we have to consider recruitment, the meaning of work, patterns of work, work identity, work dissatisfaction, bureaucracy, automation, and non-work. Instead of really fleshing out these schemata, Braude, who teaches sociology at Fredonia, N.Y., includes a lot of stories, some of which, like a retelling of Thurber's clock-eater, might be engaging. Otherwise a waste of time.